When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

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Director: Leon Gast

Cast: Leon Gast, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, James Brown

     
 

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Leon Gast's award-winning documentary When We Were Kings comes to DVD with a pair of transfers that allow the viewer to watch the film with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 or with a standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. SupplementalSee more details below

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Leon Gast's award-winning documentary When We Were Kings comes to DVD with a pair of transfers that allow the viewer to watch the film with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 or with a standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include cast and crew biographies. Although this is a fine disc, the film's troubled creation would have surely made for some fascinating extras.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Regina Raiford
Believe the hype. This much-praised documentary about one of the most famous boxing matches in history deserves every one of its accolades. Blending sports drama and biography with a touch of political analysis, When We Were Kings relates the who, when, where, and most importantly the why of the 1974 George Foreman/Muhammad Ali world championship fight in Zaire. Splicing together old news footage, photos, and contemporary interview clips, director Leon Gast captures the excitement and chaos that led up to the famed "Rumble in the Jungle" and the incredible characters and events surrounding the thrilling bout. The documentary explores a gamut of issues that defined the 1970s and impacted the African-American community: the Vietnam War and the draft, the nascent "Black is Beautiful" movement and idealization of Mother Africa, and the brutal reality of post-colonial dictatorships. But it is the charismatic and bombastic Muhammad Ali at the center of it all who steals the show with the sheer force of his inimitable personality. When We Were Kings reminds us why Muhammad Ali truly was "The Greatest."
All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Filmmaker Leon Gast caught an ironically lucky break when the footage he shot of the famed 1974 heavyweight match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman got tied up in legal red tape for the better part of two decades. With the passage of time, the fight has taken on even larger dimensions than its status as one of the more dramatic upsets in boxing history: It was one of Ali's last big hurrahs; it humbled the chiseled and glowering Foreman, who was eventually reborn as a roly-poly, genial, bald fighter; it was wily promoter Don King's coming-out party on the world stage; and it provided Norman Mailer with material for one of his best books, The Fight. Starting with its title, When We Were Kings has the character of a bottle of vintage wine, allowed to age until all the facets of its true flavor can come out. Gast has assembled all the archival footage you could want, and he scores a great one-two punch by interviewing Mailer and George Plimpton 20 years after the fight, and then freezing a frame of film to show the two men in 1974, ringside and slack-jawed in disbelief as Ali wades in with his final flurry of punches to win the bout.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2002
UPC:
0044004584722
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Polygram Usa Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Pan & Scan, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Available in standard and widescreen versions; Interactive menus; Biographies; Available in English, French, or Spanish subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [4:26]
2. Talk The Talk [9:17]
3. Press Conferences [6:17]
4. Welcome to Zaire [7:56]
5. President of Zaire [6:01]
6. Postponemtn [9:15]
7. The Concert [9:41]
8. Prepare to Fight [6:31]
9. In the Ring [11:39]
10. Reflections [6:00]
11. "When We Were Kings" [5:38]
12. Closing Credits [4:38]
Side #2 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [4:26]
2. Talk The Talk [9:17]
3. Press Conferences [6:17]
4. Welcome to Zaire [7:56]
5. President of Zaire [6:01]
6. Postponement [9:16]
7. The Concert [9:41]
8. Prepare to Fight [6:31]
9. In the Ring [11:39]
10. Reflections [6:00]
11. "When We Were Kings" [5:39]
12. Closing Credits [4:38]

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